What are insulin pumps?

If you are insulin dependent, insulin pumps may simplify your day-to-day diabetes routine.

Some diabetics find that insulin pumps offer greater flexibility when it comes to controlling blood glucose levels in comparison to multiple, daily injections. With insulin pumps, you don’t need to interrupt what you’re doing to take an injection.


How does an insulin pump work?

With a pump, insulin is delivered to your body throughout the day and night through a tiny needle, which is placed under the skin. This needle is attached to a small insulin pump that can be tucked into your waistband, a pocket, sock, underwear or your pants. You can wear the pump while exercising. Although water resistant, the pump should be disconnected prior to bathing, swimming and showering.


What are some of the benefits of insulin pumps compared to multiple daily injections?

  • No injections throughout the day
  • More accurate delivery of insulin versus injections
  • Generally, fewer fluctuations in your blood glucose levels
  • Adjust insulin delivery with the push of a button
  • More flexibility when it comes to what you eat – and when
  • Program insulin delivery to match activity – whether you’re exercising or sleeping


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